Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 of 2] With his Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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To Dr. Rush 199

To Miss Catharine Louisa Shipley 199

To * * * 200

Copy of the last Letter written by Dr. Franklin 201


To the Abbe Soulavie.--Theory of the Earth 203

To Dr. John Pringle.--On the different Strata of the Earth 207

To Mr. Bowdoin.--Queries and Conjectures relating to Magnetism
and the Theory of the Earth 208

To M. Dubourg.--On the Nature of Seacoal 211

Causes of Earthquakes

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But one does not dress.
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Honest John was the first that I know of who mix'd narration and dialogue; a method of writing very engaging to the reader, who in the most interesting parts finds himself, as it were, brought into the company and present at the discourse.
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Then I turned and went down Chestnut-street and part of Walnut-street, eating my roll all the way, and, coming round, found myself again at Market-street wharf, near the boat I came in, to which I went for a draught of the river water; and, being filled with one of my rolls, gave the other two to a woman and her child that came down the river in the boat with us, and were waiting to go farther.
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I took leave of Keimer as going to see my friends.
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I received on the way Vernon's money, without which we could hardly have finish'd our journey.
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, etc.
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We landed in Philadelphia on the 11th of October, where I found sundry alterations.
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They were sensible of the difference: it strengthened the hands of our friends in the House, and they voted us their printers for the year ensuing.
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Music or diversion, Question.
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I have been continued one of its trustees from the beginning, now near forty years, and have had the very great pleasure of seeing a number of the youth who have receiv'd their education in it, distinguish'd by their improv'd abilities, serviceable in public stations and ornaments to their country.
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Mine happen'd to be preferr'd, and, with a few amendments, was accordingly reported.
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The king's business must be done; so many brave troops, come so far for your defense, must not stand idle through your backwardness to do what may be reasonably expected from you; waggons and horses must be had; violent measures will probably be used, and you will be left to seek for a recompense where you can find it, and your case, perhaps, be little pitied or regarded.
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How different was the conduct of our French friends in 1781, who, during a march thro' the most inhabited part of our country from Rhode Island to Virginia, near seven hundred miles, occasioned not the smallest complaint for the loss of a pig, a chicken, or even an apple.
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They accordingly were at the expense and trouble of going to Trenton, and there he refus'd to perform his promise, to their great loss and disappointment.
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He accompanied it with very polite expressions of his esteem for me, having, as he said, been long acquainted with my character.
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It was about the beginning of April that I came to New York, and I think it was near the end of June before we sail'd.
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And as the Assemblies could not make permanent laws without his assent, so neither could he make a law for them without theirs.
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of the Attorney and Solicitor-General.